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FACT mix 545: Frak

FACT mix 545: Frak

Frak is the lifelong alliance of three analogue-obsessed Swedes who’ve amassed a vast back catalogue of degenerate techno and searing acid rave since their debut gig in 1988, when the barely-teenage renegades first adopted the masks that have become their trademark.Initially more influenced by the industrial synth-and-drum ventures of the likes of Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire than the era’s burgeoning rave movement, Björn Isgren, Jan Svensson and Johan Sturesson set up their label Börft in 1987 to release their early experiments. They put out dozens of analogue-driven cassettes and 12″s throughout the ‘90s, including 1993’s barmy 160bpm rave artefact Alice in Acidland (reissued a few years back by Joachim Nordwall’s iDEAL label).The world has finally been catching up to the cult of Frak since they emerged from hibernation in the late ‘00s, releasing a flurry of 12″s on labels like Sex Tags Mania, Kontra-Musik and Rubadub, and gaining new converts

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